According to campaign-finance watchdogs, if Stormy Daniels wins the lawsuit against “David Dennison” (Trump’s code name), it could prove that Trump violated federal election laws.
Even though Daniels signed a non-disclosure agreement of their alleged affair in 2006 and 2007, she claims that the agreement is invalid because “Dennison” never signed it.
The lawsuit alleges that Trump knew about the $130,000 in hush money. If this turns out to be true, the lawsuit could be evidence that Trump broke federal campaign finance laws.
A transparency group called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) revealed they have asked the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to see if Trump “held a beneficial interest” in the company that Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, used to pay off Daniels.
According to CREW, if Trump had any kind of interest in the company, he was required to show that in the public financial disclosure reports with the Office of Government Ethics.
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Also, another transparency group called Common Cause has filed a complaint with the FEC to see if Trump if had paid the $130,000 himself.
If it is found that he did, it would show that he broke campaign finance laws as well.
Common Cause also revealed they filed a complaint with the Justice Department over the hush money that Daniels received.
The two transparency groups aren’t the only ones who are looking into the Stormy Daniels case.
Reps. Kathleen Rice and Ted Lieu, both former prosecutors, have requested the FBI to look into the payments from Cohen to Daniels. They both believe that the payment violates federal election laws.
According to Lieu, the penalty for violating federal election law is a five-year felony sentence.
However, there is still the question of whether a president can be criminally indicted.
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